NASA: TRAPPIST-1’s Age Could Spell Bad News For Finding Alien Life

NASA: TRAPPIST-1’s Age Could Spell Bad News For Finding Alien Life

NASA: TRAPPIST-1’s Age Could Spell Bad News For Finding Alien Life

When the discovery of TRAPENSE-1 was revealed by NASA earlier this year, seven potentially habitable planets appeared to be the solar system that everything we expected.

As research on the system grew, NASA scientists have discovered information that could be a major problem in our quest to find extraterrestrial life.

TRAPENSE-1 is old, and really means old. In fact, astronomers and scientists from the University of California, San Diego and the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program believe that the solar system could be between 5.4 and 9.8 billion years old.

To put this in perspective, our own simple solar system is only 4.5 billion years old.

This enormous age is accompanied by several problems, the most notable is that life is perhaps already come before we existed.

The second problem is that, even if life has survived, it would have had an extraordinary impact.

Almost all TRAPENSE-1 planets are in a very narrow orbit around the star, meaning they have absorbed huge amounts of high-energy radiation for the billion years.

This radiation can eliminate the atmosphere of a planet and its boiling oceans leaving with nothing.

Not all bad news. Since trappist-1 planets have a generally lower density than Earth, it is still possible that large deposits of volatile particles such as water develop in a thick atmosphere effectively protecting the planet from the star’s powerful radiation.

Life would not be pleasant and there is even a possibility that a thick atmosphere causes the planet to overheat.

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“If there is life on these planets, we speculate that there must be a robust life, as it must survive potentially dangerous scenarios for the billion years,” says Adam Burgasser, an astronomer at the University of California at San Diego, and the first Author of the article.

By learning the star’s age, scientists can also determine the characteristics that have led to potentially more potentially good news.

“The stars much more massive than the Sun consume their fuel quickly light up for millions of years and explode like supernovae,” said Mamajek.

“But TRAPENSE-1 is like a slowly burning candle that will shine for about 900 times more than the current age of the universe.”

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